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Just bought a 2013 Vaquero that already has D Myers apes on it. Still not tall enough for me (6'4"). I have a Corbin seat ordered, that should help some. I was thinking/hoping I could maybe put some 1 1/2 or 2" risers like Chucksters under the mini apes and then could tilt them forward? I've purchased the Xlg Clearview wind screen which I know possibly interferes with going taller. I had a 2012 Nomad until a truck pulled out in front of me. Really, really loved that bike. With a Corbin seat, 4" risers it fit me pretty well. Trying to get close to that with my new ride.

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Hello,

My buddy bought an 2012 Vaquero and I want to help him to mount an USB charger and a cigarette lighter socket, into the front fairing, left & right.
Where do you advice to electricaly mount these two accessories, direct on the battery, or on the accessory terminals, from the front fairing ?
I prefer to connect them direct on the battery (each with it's own fuse), so I will have always power, don't need to set the key on "ON" or "ACC" position.

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Hello,

My buddy bought an 2012 Vaquero and I want to help him to mount an USB charger and a cigarette lighter socket, into the front fairing, left & right.
Where do you advice to electricaly mount these two accessories, direct on the battery, or on the accessory terminals, from the front fairing ?
I prefer to connect them direct on the battery (each with it's own fuse), so I will have always power, don't need to set the key on "ON" or "ACC" position.

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Marcel every bike I've owned that I installed aux power, I always did it just like you were wanting to. Fused and directly off the + 12 volt supply. Suggestion: somewhere along the line (accessible but out of the way/sight) interrupt the line going to the aux power with a quick disconnect plug (like for battery tenders) so you can use it to charge the battery when not in use.
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My buddy bought an 2012 Vaquero and I want to help him to mount an USB charger and a cigarette lighter socket, into the front fairing, left & right.
Where do you advice to electricaly mount these two accessories, direct on the battery, or on the accessory terminals, from the front fairing ?
I prefer to connect them direct on the battery (each with it's own fuse), so I will have always power, don't need to set the key on "ON" or "ACC" position.

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For the USB, check the wiring in the fairing - the Vaquero is pre-wired for accessories. I installed the iPod adapter in my left cubby, and the wires to install it were just behind the cubby itself.

For the cigarette lighter socket, Kawasaki sells one for <$40 and again, the bike is pre-wired for it. Remove the cubby, fish the wires through, and plug it in, problem solved.

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Marcel every bike I've owned that I installed aux power, I always did it just like you were wanting to. Fused and directly off the + 12 volt supply. Suggestion: somewhere along the line (accessible but out of the way/sight) interrupt the line going to the aux power with a quick disconnect plug (like for battery tenders) so you can use it to charge the battery when not in use.
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For the USB, check the wiring in the fairing - the Vaquero is pre-wired for accessories. I installed the iPod adapter in my left cubby, and the wires to install it were just behind the cubby itself.

For the cigarette lighter socket, Kawasaki sells one for <$40 and again, the bike is pre-wired for it. Remove the cubby, fish the wires through, and plug it in, problem solved.

Hope this helps!

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Thanks John,
I know the Vaquero is pre-wired, my problem is where to connect the USB charger & cigarette socket, directly to the battery or to the pre-wired harness. Because if I connect to the pre-wired harness, I will always need to turn the key "ON", or "AUX", to have power to the accessories.
Thinking about some PROs and CONs, for both situations.
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I prefer to connect them direct on the battery (each with it's own fuse), so I will have always power, don't need to set the key on "ON" or "ACC" position.

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Don't do it that way Marcel. Take advantage of what those ahead of you have learned, and wire it through the accessory circuit... You'll only end up changing it later on anyway, after you figure out that your battery is being drained by the constant draw of the USB outlet. They're a mini transformer, so if you give them power - they'll use it.
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Don't do it that way Marcel. Take advantage of what those ahead of you have learned, and wire it through the accessory circuit... You'll only end up changing it later on anyway, after you figure out that your battery is being drained by the constant draw of the USB outlet. They're a mini transformer, so if you give them power - they'll use it.
I did not know that the USB charger is constantly consuming power from the battery. I will consider that.

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I did not know that the USB charger is constantly consuming power from the battery. I will consider that.

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With nothing plugged in, it won't use a lot of power, but don't forget that the on board computer is already a constant draw. Anything you add will reduce the time between charging.
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